Activities and Amenities
MOOSE LAKE CABIN, MT
part ofBeaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewMoose Lake Cabin is located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in southwestern Montana. The historic cabin, which was built in 1917 for use as a work cabin, offers visitors access to the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Area, which covers almost 250 square miles of mountain ranges.
Many lakes and streams provide ample access to world famous trout fishing and the area also boasts miles of trails for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding.
The site can typically be accessed by vehicle, depending on conditions. Excessive snowfall may require visitors to walk, ski or snowshoe about a quarter mile from the main road to the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is located on the Middle Fork of Rock Creek near the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. It sits at the edge of an open meadow, surrounded by evergreens and towering peaks.
Big game hunting is the primary draw for visitors to the cabin and surrounding wilderness. Participants must have Montana licenses to hunt or fish, and must only hunt in designated areas. Fishing for brook and cutthroat trout is excellent in the area, which is widely known for its trout-filled mountain streams.
The primitive, one-room cabin is equipped with two sets of bunk beds with mattress pads that can sleep up to four people. It has a table and chairs, basic cooking utensils and a few cooking pots. Some cleaning supplies and equipment are also provided.
The Skalkaho Highway (Highway 38) leads into the Sapphire Mountains along a primitive and once widely used Native American trail. The scenic drive, which is closed during winter, was built to provide access between mining areas and agricultural communities in the Bitterroot Valley. About 30 miles from the cabin, the road leads to Skalkaho Falls in the neighboring Bitterroot National Forest.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go1.The cabins are locked; to obtain the combination, call the Deer Lodge Work Center at 406-859-3211, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2.This facility is located in a remote location. Vehicle access cannot be guaranteed at any time due to ever-changing weather and road conditions.
3.Be Bear Aware; for more information about recreating in bear country, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=stelprdb5324172.
4.Hantavirus; guests should be aware of the risk of exposure to Hantavirus while staying in the cabin. Please visit http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/hps/transmission.html for more information about Hantavirus.
5.All food and garbage must be packed out.
6.A map may be helpful for locating this facility. Visit the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf for more information. Maps are available at each District Ranger Office.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Philipsburg, travel south on Highway 1 for about 7 miles to the junction with Skalkaho Highway/Highway 38. Turn right onto Highway 38 and continue west for about 9 miles and turn left onto Moose Lake Road/Forest Road 5106. Travel another 9 miles to the cabin. Winter weather conditions may require visitors to park on the main road and hike about a quarter-mile to the cabin. Maps may be purchased by calling the Pintler Ranger District.
Mailing Address:MOOSE LAKE CABIN
88 Business Loop
Philipsburg MT 59858
Phone Number:Project Office: (406)859-3211